The world’s largest manufacturer of automobile emission-control systems plans to expand its North American headquarters in Columbus, adding 131 workers by the end of 2017, the company announced Wednesday.
Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.
Mercedes-Benz, the world’s third-biggest maker of luxury automobiles, is contracting out production of the R-Class wagon to a factory in Indiana, a move that will allow it to expand its line of U.S.-built sport-utility vehicles.
The foundry, located on the city’s east side at 5565 Brookville Road, produces engine blocks and heads. Navistar said the closure process will take place during the first half of 2015 and be completed in the summer.
The Kokomo City Council voted unanimously Monday night to give initial approval for a 10-year property tax abatement to Chrysler. The automaker said the break would help it retain 212 jobs with a combined salary of $9.8 million.